Finally had the bunion done, it has been painful for the 5 years I have had RA. Nodules on top of it did not help, or the nodule on the other foot. I stayed overnight at Westmorland General in Kendal, last Thursday. No complaints at all, was comfortable and the staff very pleasant. I have had to come off Leflunamide for two weeks before and after surgery, now that might be interesting........
Now I am BORREDDDDDDD! If I had not had it done I could be (painfully) riding, gardening, walking the dog. I feel well, have abandoned painkillers, but know I should put my feet up as much as possible. It is hot out there, should make the most of it. I could do some embroidery or some tatting but just don't want to. The Hermit is seeing to the garden, the livestock, and the wilting vegetables.
I am looking forward to wearing civilised shoes again, having chucked most of mine out. Extra large wellies or hiking boots were the only things that did not hurt eventually.
My lovely new neighbours came here for a Coffee Morning and Plant Swap the other week, despite dreadful weather we raised a good sum and had a sociable morning. I gave the perfect demonstration for RA Awareness by having a flare-up that morning, but a neighbour manned the kettle and everyone was very kind. Despite this, and NRAS literature available, several of them are convinced they have RA (in one finger!?).
Anyone out there thinking about bunion surgery, watch this space. I will keep you informed.